Practice as if life is short, work as if you would live forever

In Buddhism, there is a saying: “Practice as if your head is on fire”. They say it is a direct quote of the historical Buddha himself, but nowadays, who knows?

In all spiritual paths, you will find a sense of urgency when it comes to practicing. As we all know, spiritual practice is not necessary for our basic survival. One can live a pretty comfortable life without it. Most people would not bother to dig deeper into their spiritual being … until the shit hits the fan.

It’s very unfortunate, but from my experience, that is too often true.

But to be honest, spiritual practice is actually not the kind of thing you want to postpone and procrastinate on. You don’t really want to wait until it’s too late.

The patience in not knowing

“Why be unhappy about something

If it can be remedied?

And what is the use of being unhappy about something

If it cannot be remedied?”

A guide to the Bodhisattva’s way of life, Chapter 6 (Patience), Verse 10

 

This is probably the most quoted lines from this very beautiful and important text.

I’ve known it for quite some time, and although the truth in it was clear to me from the start, I still find it hard to live by.

Where are you taking refuge?

As well as being a yoga teacher, I also have another job, helping families in difficult situations. So, I have a chance to meet daily with people who are in a struggle with their health or who are overwhelmed with a new family situation.

It gives me a small insight into how different people deal with new and unwelcome situations.

The main difference that I see is between people who have a place where they can go for refuge and people who don’t.

Tantra- Not What You Were Thinking

Today, I’d like to bust a misconception about a practice that you may have heard of, and that is Tantra.

First of all, Tantra actually has little to do with anything sexual. Instead, tantra is simply a different way to view one’s spiritual path.

Traditionally, when we talk about the spiritual path we talk about practicing, practicing, practicing, and developing your mind. And eventually you reach a goal, be it enlightenment or liberation from suffering, or whatever your goal is in your practice.

The Two Most Important Things You should Know about Pranayama

First, What is Pranayama?
It is the practice of controlling the breath through different breathing exercises.
By controlling your breathing, you affect the energy of your body and your mind.


When it comes to Pranayama, I see a lot of students who feel like they have to perfect this.
Pranayama is an excellent practice, but don’t force it on yourself. Your body changes every day, and throughout each day. Be aware of how your body is feeling, and while it’s good to push yourself a bit, don’t force yourself.